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    Who’s spying on Middle Eastern energy companies?

    Newly discovered malware is reportedly being used to collect information from targets linked to the gas, helium, and petroleum industries throughout the Middle East. According to Symantec, Devices affected by the bug were found mostly in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kuwait, and other countries in the Middle East. It was also found on devices in the United States and the United Kingdom, however. The malware is spread via malicious attachments sent alongside emails from the “moneytransfer.eu” domain. Once…
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    Join us for PandoMonthly SF with FunnyOrDie’s Dick Glover and Andrew Steele

    It’s appropriate that I’m announcing these next PandoMonthly guests on April Fools day. Next week in San Francisco we bring you the men who brought you “Between Two Ferns,” “The Landlord” and “Bieber after the Dentist”: FunnyOrDie’s CEO Dick Glover and Creative Director Andrew Steele. FunnyOrDie was one of those early Web 2.0 companies, drunk on the Kool-Aid of user generated content, and founded back in an era when celebrity cofounders like Judd Apatow and Will Ferrell were considered a novelty. As such…
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    Former ally criticizes SF Mayor’s ties to technology co’s

    Longtime San Francisco power broker, erm, “political activist” Rose Pak has openly criticized Mayor Ed Lee to the press, Tim Redmond reports at 48Hills. Pak disparaged Lee for his tight relationships with technology companies through the shepherding influence of Ron Conway, the emergent San Francisco power broker stepping on Rose Pak’s toes. Both Park and Conway were instrumental in Lee’s campaign last time out. In spite of the criticism, Pak told Redmond she is still supporting Lee’s reelection bid this fall.…
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    GitHub attack seems to have ended

    A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on GitHub that brought the site down for parts of last week seems to have ended. The attack is thought to have been performed by the Chinese government as an effort to stop the spread of anti-censorship tools hosted on the service. [Source: The New York Times]
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    Facebook releases collaborative video tool

    Facebook has released a collaborative video tool called Riff that allows its users to add 20 seconds of video to ongoing don’t-call-them-stories made with their friends. The feature bears an, uh, close resemblance to the public Stories to which all Snapchat users can contribute. [Source: Facebook]
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    You say you care about preserving your data… but a new survey says you’re lying

    A new survey has confirmed what some have already suspected: although people often worry about their data disappearing, many do nothing to help preserve it. Avast asked 288,000 people from the United States, Russia, India, Mexico, and other countries about how they view the data on their phones. It found that 64 percent of respondents worry more about losing images, contacts, and other data stored on a smartphone than losing the phone itself. Yet many people — 37 percent of respondents —…
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    App revenues will reach $99bn annually by 2019, researchers say

    The app market could be worth $99 billion by 2019, according to Juniper Research. The research group attributes most of those revenues to games, but it also expects “lifestyle applications” and ebooks to contribute to that burgeoning market. It makes sense for games to account for the lion’s share of these revenues. Gaming is already the most lucrative market for both Apple and Google — that’s unlikely to change in the four years between now and…
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    Silk Road defense responds: Gov’t corruption was barred from evidence, impeding our case

    Yesterday, we covered the shocking fraud and corruption by government agents investigating convicted Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht. At the time, there were many unanswered questions about what the defense knew about this scandal and when, and thus what impact the indictment of these agents by the Department of Defense could have on Ulbricht’s case – either in the form of a mistrial or a subsequent appeal. Late yesterday, Ulbricht’s attorney Joshua Dratel posted a statement to Tumblr
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    GoDaddy shares jump in IPO

    GoDaddy shares debuted at $26.15 — 30 percent higher than the company’s $20 offering price — despite the many red flags looming around the public offering. According to this opening price, GoDaddy is worth around $4 billion. [Source: The New York Times]
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    Twitter puts ads in user profiles

    Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that places advertisements directly into its users’ profile pages. The company will insert promoted tweets from advertisers into users’ tweet streams; the ads will be clearly marked, but it still seems odd for the company to place them in user profiles, where they might be confused for retweets or the like. [Source: Re/code]
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    Line promotes COO

    Line’s chief operating officer, Takeshi Idezawa, has become the company’s new chief executive. Idezawa’s job will be to help the messaging service become a bona fide platform on top of which many other applications and services can be built. In other words, Line, like Facebook, wants to take over people’s phones. [Source: TechCrunch]
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    Obama signs executive order allowing sanctions against countries behind cyberattacks

    How should the United States respond to the hacking of a Japanese company that made a film about Seth Rogen and James Franco killing Kim Jong-un? Lawmakers, intelligence agencies, and other officials have grappled with that question since the November 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment. President Obama supplied the answer earlier this morning: with sanctions. Obama has signed an executive order allowing the US to impose sanctions on countries who conduct serious cyberattacks that include “attacking critical infrastructure…
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    Yik Yak tests photo-sharing feature

    Yik Yak is testing a photo-sharing feature on select college campuses. The images, which will be uploaded directly to the site’s anonymous network, must be approved by moderators who ensure that they don’t contain faces, nudity, or “inappropriate” or “illegal” behaviors. [Source: Mashable]
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    “Today, I have 1,819 Facebook friends. There are some I’d like to sit around and watch TV with. But most of them I want to watch like TV. They are programming I flip through on a nearly infinite set of channels. I watch the visual narratives of their lives unfold over multiple seasons, reality shows that go on indefinitely.”

    — Jessi Hempel on "Facebook friends"

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    Uber complains about Europe bans

    Uber has filed complaints against France, Germany, and Spain for preventing its ride-hailing service from operating within their borders. The complaints against France and Germany were filed in early March; the one against Spain was filed on Monday. [Source: The Wall Street Journal]
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